Doctors, under the tutelage of the Medical Guild in Lagos State, have rebuffed the new minimum wage being paid to civil servants by the state government, with claims that it ranks below standard.
This news was made known by the Chairman of the Guild, Dr Babajide Saheed, during a media briefing with reporters in Lagos. The Medical Guild is an association that protects the interest of doctors employed under the Lagos State Government.
The association’s chairman mentioned that the new minimum wage was not only unacceptable but that the Guild was excluded from the series of dialogues with the government.
Dr Saheed identified the problem with the pay as high taxation, claiming that taxes consume most of the wages, and what is left is not sustainable.
The chairman implored the government to lessen the weight of taxation on doctors as the Bola Tinubu-led administration had permitted. He also requested that the retirement age of doctors be reviewed just like that of the state teachers.
The chairman addressed several challenges faced by the health workers in the state ranging from a shortage of medical personnel to the welfare of medical officers, as he proffered solutions that may reduce the physical and mental pressure exerted on health workers.
Also, the Lagos State Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr Saliu Oseni, admonished the general public to accord respect to health workers and that the government should be held responsible for service delivery issues.
He also pleaded that the Nigerian police refrain from the harassments levelled against medical doctors over the demise of patients, stating that these acts may dampen the motivation of medical doctors.